Elgin Gallery opened in 2012 and moved to number 7 South Street in 2014. The gallery is run by Andrew Henderson, a qualified archival framer, who first started in the art and framing trade in 1985.
'I wanted to create a place where people can feel relaxed and have time to really appreciate the skills of the artists. Whether they have come in to browse or to have something framed, they will be welcome to chat and be given impartial advice on any aspect of buying or framing a picture'
'The thing I am most excited about is having the opportunity to build a range of prints from the talented artists that we have working here in the North of Scotland. This is good for the artists, a chance for the gallery to be able to offer pictures that won't be available anywhere else, and of course great for our customers who will be able to choose from original paintings and a range of quality prints that we will build and expand'.
From original to print
About our framing...
These days there is much emphasis placed on 'archival' materials when it comes to mounting and framing a picture, but simply put, archival mounting and framing means using materials that will not react with and damage the artwork, and which will protect it as much as possible from the damage the UV rays in daylight can cause. It also means that it is possible to 'unframe' a picture later without damaging it in any way.
Whenever possible, I will mount and frame items in this way as it does not necessarily add to the cost; nowadays most of our materials, such as mount-board (mat board), are neutral pH and acid and lignin free to protect the artwork. If on paper, I also 'hinge' the artwork (attach it only to the top of the mount) wherever possible to allow the material to move with the changes in temperature and therefore stay flat and to allow for possible removal from the frame at a later date.
To give an example: from the front a typical job would consist of the 2mm picture glass, the mount (or mat as it's called in the US), usually bevel-cut, and sometimes used double to give a narrow band of contrasting colour around the picture, or even using double-thickness board to add real depth. Onto the neutral pH back of the mount, the artwork would be hung by a hinge of archival tape and protected by a further barrier sheet before the backing board and the final sealing of the back of the frame with acid-free tape.
Reframing - repair or replacement
Exhibition and sale of original paintings
Digital Photo restoration